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Italy were tenacious, dominating the second half and probably didn't deserve to lose this match. Apart from a bright 20 minutes, the Wallabies were largely awful and deserved nothing from this match. Thanks for joining us!
Full Time It's all over in Florence 19-22 the final score.
80 The Wallabies breath a sigh of relief and out of nowhere Ashley-Cooper is in some space but is brought down just before the line. The hooter goes for time and Barnes hacks it out.
79 Orquera goes for goal and will level matters with a successful kick, but pushes his effort wide. Heartbreak for Italy.
77 Ioane will spend the rest of the game in the bin after the infringement.
77 Australia seems to have weathered the storm somewhat and have won and attacking line-out just outside the Italy 22. They win the ball comfortably and keep it in the forwards, but Italy have won the turn-over! They go for the deep kick and receive it back with another kick. Italy win a penalty after Ioane takes down Favaro in the air with a dangerous tackle.
75 Italy make their final sub - Botes coming on in place of .Gori, while Cummins and Alexander is off for Australia. They are replaced by Digby Ioane and Sekope Kepu.
73 Italy secure the ball from the scrum, and doesnt make much headway at first but Venditti spots a gap but is brought down just short of the 22 again. Australia are blown up for a high tackle - Timani the culprit - and Italy go for the line-out. They lose it and Australia can clear once more.
70 It has been all Italy in the second half so far - can they secure a famous victory over the two-two-time World Cup champions? 10 Minutes to go...
69 Higginbotham coems off for Australia, with Dave Dennis coming on. Italy make another change too - Zanni coming off for Vosawa.
68 The secure the ball and keep it tight in the forwards again before Orquero makes some ground, bursting through a gap. They cant build on the momentum though and are forced back to the half-way line. Another Italy scrum on the half-way line after the Australians slow it down in the tackle.
66 The scrum collapses and Italy take it through the hands. Australia's defense holds though and the Azzuri go for a cheaky chip but Parisse cant quite gather and Australia clears downfield. Italy with the line-out just inside Aussie territory.
63 From the line-out they keep it with the forwards and are making some serious inroads here. Australia slow it down in the loose, but Italy has a scrum 5m out. Cittadini on for Castrogiovanni before the set-piece is taken.
61 Sloppy from Australia and Italy pounce on the loose ball, punting it deep into Wallaby territory once more. They run it forward but are blown up when Beale holds on in the tackle. Italy go for touch and will have an attacking line-out in the Wallaby half.
59 Italy boot it downfield where yet another handling mistake almost puts the Wallabies under pressure, but Barnes hoofs it long. Italy put it out and another line-out for the visitors on the opposing 10m line. Some reinforcements for Italy coming on - Ghiraldini and Geldenhuys off for Giazzon and Pavanello.
57 From the kick-off Italy punts it downfield but can;t quite find touch. Australia try to run it and makes some ground, lose the ball in the tackle. Italy can't capitalise, but win a scrum just inside their own half. After a reset, Italy win sloppy ball but tries to take it through the backs nonetheless. Drew Mitchell makes another excellent tackle. Italy goign backwards at the moment.
55 PENALTY, ITALY, ORQUERA, 19-22. From right in front, the fly-half makes no mistake. All the pressure on the Wallabies now.
Injury After a long delay, Bergamasco is stretchered off and play is about to continue.
55 Australia are blown up again for hands in the ruck, and Italy finds touch deep in Australia territory once more. They secure possession from the line-out and goes wide but Bergamasco can't quite dive over after a big tackle from Barnes. Australia blown up for off-side nonetheless. In fact, he is hurt in the tackle with what looks like a twisted ankle and Luke McLean comes on in his place.
52 From the kick-off Italy are forced back deep into their own territory and has to clear hurriedly. From the line-out just outside the 22 Australia secures the ball and take it through the backs again. Another fumble and a kickthrough from the home side gives them some breathing space.
50 PENALTY, ITALY, ORQUERA. 16-22. From just outside the 22 and slightly to the left, he makes no mistake. Game on!
48 Italy are strong in the scrum and Orquero goes for touch. His kick is long and another fumble by the Wallabies hands Italy a line-out 5m out. They work it through the forwards and Australia are blown up for off-side.
45 From the kickoff Italy work the ball towards the Wallaby 22, but the visitors clear their lines and forces the home side to go for touch, giving Australia another line-out. They make no mistake and work it through the backs. An handling error hands Italy a scrum just outside their 22.
42 CONVERSION, ITALY, ORQUERA. 13-22. Orquera makes now mistake with the kick to close the gape to nine points.
41 TRY, ITALY, BARBIERI. 11-22. And they've done just that! The Aussies drop a pass and Italy hacks it downfield where Barbieri dives over. It goes up stairs for the TMO to make a decision, but the grounding was fine and the Azzurri are right back in this.
Second Half The second half starts and Italy desperately needs to score first in the second half.
HALF TIME The hooter goes and Italy will need a drastic improvement in the second half if they are going to worry the Wallabies. While they are competitive all over the field, they will rue all the basic errors they've made which has led to the majority of Australia's scoring opportunities. Barnes and Beale have been lethal with the boot though it must be said. Whenever Italy have gone at pace with ball in hand, they have looked dangerous however. This match is far from over.
39 The Italians mess up another line-out and Sharpe dives on the ball, but Masi retains possession and goes on a Mazi run from the half-way line. He goes for the grubber but his kick has too much on it and runs over the dead-ball line. Keeping the ball would have given Italy another opportunity shortly before the hooter.
37 Another sub for the Wallabies - prop Benn Robinson makes way for James Slipper.
35 From the kick-off Italy punts it into touch for a line-out just in the Wallabies' half. Castrogiovanni takes it at the back to keep possession for the home side.
33 Italy also make a sub - prop Andrea Lo Cicero Vaina coming off for
33 PENALTY, ITALY, ORQUERA. 6-22. The Azzuri is looking to keep it in the forwards, but can't make much headway until the Wallabies are blown for offside. Orquera has another pop at goal at closes the gap somewhat.
31 Sheehan's gone down injured with what looks to be a knee injury. Nick Phipps coming on in his place.
29 ITALY, BARBIERI
29 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, BEALE. 3-22. Italy go a man down after Barbieri is blown up for slapping the ball out of Sheehan's hands. Beale has another pop and is secure with his second kick.
27 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, BEALE. 3-19. The side's trade kicks downfield, and Italy win the ball after an aimless kick from Barnes, but they counterruck and win another penalty after coming in from the side.. Beale this time has a go and makes no mistake.
24 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, BARNES. 3-16. The Italians are blown for off-side at the ruck, and Barnes is going to have another shot at posts, from the halfway line. He absolutely nails it to extend their lead even further.
19 CONVERSION, AUSTRALIA, BARNES. 3-13. Barnes is accurate with the boot again and extends the visitors' lead to 10 points
18 TRY, AUSTRALIA, CUMMINS. 3-11. The Wallabies move it through the backs and Beale finds Cummins in some space and he dives over in the corner for the first try of the game.
15 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, BARNES. 3-6
6 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, BARNES. 3-3
3 PENALTY, ITALY, ORQUERA. 3-0
Kick-off And here we go...
-5 The Wallabies are on a high after a fine all-round display in their 20-14 win over England last week, while Italy will look to improve further after their 42-10 loss to New Zealand in Rome.
Welcome Welcome to our live commentary for the International between Italy and Australia in Florence.
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